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National Agricultural Leadership Conference

The National Agricultural Leadership Conference is Alpha Zeta's annual conference which is usually held during a weekend in March or early April. The focus of this conference is on professional development, leadership training and to exhibit the agriculture industry in the region hosting the event. The weekend consists of workshops and seminars presented by prominent professionals in the agriculture industry. Participants also are able to tour various local agriculture businesses, meet local business professionals and explore graduate programs and internship opportunities that are available to them.

The Conclave is the biennial business meeting of the Fraternity. It is combined with the NALC in odd years. Each chapter is required by the High Council and National Office to send at least one voting delegate and one alternate to represent the views of the chapter, discuss key issues, and vote on pending motions.

During the Conference, there are various awards presented by the National Office. These awards include:

Founder's Cup

The Founders' Cup is the highest honor bestowed upon a chapter by the Fraternity. The Cup is awarded annually by the National Office to the chapter that best accomplishes the criteria listed below. Although no application is necessary, a chapter representative must be present at the NALC to win.

Scholarships

The Alpha Zeta Foundation annually awards a select number of outstanding Alpha Zeta student members scholarships based on scholastic achievement, leadership abilities, character, community service and financial need. The students who apply for the scholarships are the best of the best. The National Alpha Zeta Scholarship Program is funded through the Alpha Zeta Foundation thanks to the continuing generous support of alumni. Contributions to the Alpha Zeta Foundation further the goals and success of outstanding students interested in serving agriculture. 

Middaugh Awards

The Middaugh Chapter Achievement Awards were established to recognize outstanding programs and projects conducted by the chapters. These awards are given in memory of W. Stephen Middaugh. The purpose of the awards is to: Recognize outstanding chapters for specific achievements, encourage chapters to promote and keep accurate records of projects, encourage alumni and chapter relations and promote group spirit among chapters.

Individual Achievement

Outstanding Officer of the Year

McClure Outstanding Officer of the Year is awarded annually to officers who demonstrate superior chapter leadership and dedication to his or her office. The award is named for former High Chancellor Fred McClure.

Outstanding Advisor of the Year

Advisors volunteer countless hours to Alpha Zeta and the chapter, the Advisor of the Year award is the chapter's chance to say thank you.

Outstanding Alumnus/Alumnae of the Year

Through contributions of time, resources and money, Alpha Zeta's loyal alumni sustain the organization and provide value to young members. Their example sets a precedent for future members and future alumni.

Brief Review of Awards from Past Years

NALC 2016 (Gainesville, FL)

  • We hosted Nations here at the University of Florida
  • Officer of the year: Morgan Kubis

NALC 2015 (Raleigh, NC)

  • Founder's Cup (Chapter of the Year)
  • Middaugh Award for Fundraising: Florida Chapter
  • Middaugh Award for Service to Community: Florida Chapter

NALC 2014 (Ames, IA)

  • G.W. Roach Scholarship Award: Christine Adams

NALC 2013 (Ithaca, NY)

  • G.W. Roach Scholarship Award: Christine Adams
  • Middaugh Award for Fundraising: Florida Chapter

NALC 2012 (Fresno, CA)

  • National Censor of the Year: Claire Page
  • National Member at Large: Kaylie Smith

NALC 2011 (St. Louis, MO)

  • Centennial AZ Scholarship Award: Claire Page
  • National Treasurer of the Year: Charlie Doyle
  • National Chronicler of the Year: Claire Page
  • National Member at Large: Rikki Schwarz
  • Middaugh Award for Service to Community: Florida Chapter
  • Middaugh Award for New Member Development: Florida Chapter

NALC 2010 (New Brunswick, NJ)

  • G.W. 'Bill' Roach Scholarship Award: Rikki Schwarz
  • Centennial AZ Scholarship Award: Ashleigh Woodruff
  • National Censor of the Year: Kelin Maciejewski
  • National Scribe of the Year: Maggie Paxson
  • National Treasurer of the Year: Sara Molloy
  • National Member at Large: Jean Saunders
  • National Advisor of the Year: Mark Marcojos

NALC 2009 (Raleigh, NC)

  • Founder's Cup (Chapter of the Year)
  • National Chancellor of the Year: Stacey Halse
  • National Chronicler of the Year: Tim Thomas
  • National Member at Large: Bobbi Jo Sampson
  • National Alumnus of the Year: Mark Marcojos
  • Middaugh Award for Fundraising: Florida Chapter